MMA fighter pay is way behind boxing pay. We all know this. Boxing has been around for centuries while cage fighting is very new
Recently, Jon Jones stood up to the scariest heavyweight in the world right now, Francis Ngannou. He said he was willing to fight him if the money was right.
Who really knows if he was telling the truth or not. He might be just saying all of this for retweets or to keep his name in MMA news.
Jones tweeted out that he was in negotiations with the UFC, but they weren’t on board with how much he wanted. He then started airing his pay grievances on Twitter.
According to Sportekz, Jones gets paid $500,000 to 1 million a fight which is a lot compared to most of the current roster.
Put all of the bad stuff Jones has done in the past 10 years to the side for a minute. Jones is the best mixed martial artist of all time and is undefeated. (The loss to Hamill doesn’t count.) He is the most dominant champion of all time. As the best fighter of all time, you would think, he should get payed.
Now, let’s talk about why the UFC might be hesitant. Jones has screwed the UFC before a few times. He refused to fight Chael Sonnen which caused the first-ever cancellation of a card in the Zuffa era. He has been pulled from some huge cards because of his actions, including UFC 200. The list of the outside issues with Jones does not look good.
Jones has been in a lot of trouble over the past decade and why should the UFC reward that behavior?
Well, that argument doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because Conor McGregor has been in trouble as well and he gets paid.
One of the biggest arguments is that he doesn’t sell. He has never sold over 1 million pay-per-view buys. The closest he got was 860,000 when he rematched his biggest rival Daniel Cormier.
Some of his other pay-per-view buys were:
- UFC 182 – Jones vs. Cormier I – 800,000
- UFC 145 – Jones vs. Evans – 700,000
- UFC 232 – Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 – 700,000
- UFC 235 – Jones vs. Smith – 650,000
Should he get a huge payday for a super fight against Ngannou?
Yes he should. The best fighter of all time going up a weight division to take on a fighter that no one wants to fight, he should be rewarded.
Of course, there is so much more to unpack on the situation, but this is just my quick thoughts on the matter. I also tried to take my Jones bias out of the equation as he is my favorite fighter.